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3D prototyping solution handles small series production

3D prototyping solution handles small series production

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With the LDS process, high-quality smart phone antennas are integrated on existing plastic parts, for example, and this completely re-places conventional antennas. A laser beam activates the surface of the component; constructing the desired metal layers in subsequent electroless baths.

The starting point is any three-dimensional component. For this purpose plastic prototypes from 3D printers, for example, are suitable. These components are coated with the laser-activatable LPKF ProtoPaint LDS lacquer. Here, the LPKF Fusion3D 1000 takes on the structuring. Unlike large production machines, it uses a single processing head.

It has a large work platform, so that users can integrate their own fixture and handling systems. Structuring is done, if necessary, in successive steps. A pilot laser helps by establishing the optimal component position.

After structuring, electroless metallization takes place. This hardly differs from the series parameters and can occur in beakers in a laboratory. LPKF even offers a coordinated, reliable process for the metallization.

Visit LPKF Laser & Electronics AG at www.lpkf.com

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